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why police cover the face of accused (criminals) before media

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why police cover the face of accused criminals before media
why police cover the face of accused criminals before media

Why police cover the face of accused? It’s a common practice that the suspect’s face covered in black cloth and being led away. Ever wondered why police follow this practice.

Here are two main reasons

As per the police, the persons who are arrested are considered as assured until pronounced so by the court.

When the police produce assured persons before the media uncovering or partially covering their faces, the lawyers of the accused may weaken the police case by arguing that assured cannot be termed a criminal until the court declares they are criminals.

So the police are directed to cover the faces of the assured until they are produced in the court.

The second reason is to protect the identity of the assured. The police make sure that they don’t expose accused to the general public before witnesses identify and confirms their crime. Once the witness confirms the assured is involved in crime, police records the witness statements and reveal photographs of the assured to media.

If the arrested person’s identity is revealed and if the photographs are published in the media, the complainant may be influenced during the identification parade later at the jail.

As per the police in the identification parade, the complainant will be asked to identify the culprit in a group and reveal the culprit’s identity. If the culprit’s identity is made public anyone can identify him and it would hamper the judgement. As per police, these face masks are a way to protect the virtue of the evidence as identification of criminal is one of the corroborative evidence, according to Indian Evidence Act.

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